PRAISE FOR THE OPERATOR(BRUCE & BENNETT MYSTERY 2):
‘Gripping from the very first scene.’ Ann Cleeves, award-winning author of TV’s ‘Vera’ and ‘Shetland’ novels.
'Intelligent, dark and shot through with sly comedy, Valerie Laws is one of those writers who consistently satisfies.' Alex Marwood, best-selling author of The Wicked Girls
‘A terrific book, a very creepy, very haunting mystery tale. THE OPERATOR does for the doctor what JAWS did for the beach. You’re warned!’ Phoef Sutton, writer/producer of TV’s Cheers and Boston Legal, crime writer
ABOUT THE BOOK
‘Now, this WILL hurt...’ In the second Erica Bruce and Will Bennett mystery, a sadistic orthopaedic surgeon is bizarrely killed. Soon it appears someone’s giving doctors a taste of their own medicine - murdering surgeons and mutilating the bodies to mimic the operations they perform. The media dub the killer ‘The Operator’. This action-packed thriller reunites Erica Bruce, small but fierce alternative health therapist and journalist, with tall, dark, athletic Detective Inspector Will Bennett, full-on sceptic. With its medical theme it is a shade darker than THE ROTTING SPOT, but with lots of witty Tyneside banter from shamelessly excess-loving Stacey Reed. The setting is the North East coast of England: historic castles and rural beauty mixing with louche seafront winebars, from the lighthouse at Wydsand to the mouth of the River Tyne itself, venue of a dramatic set piece where the mighty, hostile North Sea tests Erica to the limit.
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About the Author
Valerie Laws is a crime novelist, poet, playwright, mathematician/physicist, and sci-art installation specialist. She is Writer in Residence with pathologists, anatomists and neuroscientists researching death and the brain. Of her thirteen published books, several are available as ebooks: her two crime thrillers THE ROTTING SPOT (‘a darkly intriguing debut’ Val McDermid), sequel THE OPERATOR (‘Gripping from the very first scene,’ Ann Cleeves), her ‘CSI:Poetry’ collection ALL THAT LIVES and her comedy Jane Austen novel LYDIA BENNET’S BLOG. More to follow! Valerie performs worldwide live and in the media, and is world-infamous for spray-painting poetry on live sheep to celebrate quantum theory in QUANTUM SHEEP. She has written 12 plays for stage and BBC radio, and her science-themed poetry art installations have been exhibited internationally and featured on BBC TV. She lives on her native Northumbrian coast. She is disabled, and a fanatical swimmer.